My family used to feed stray cats that lived around their house. There was a mother named Ginger and her two kittens, Sapphire and Scooter living in their back yard. They were very afraid of people but came everyday for food. My family was not able to pet them.
I had the opportunity over Christmas when I was visiting them to trap the kittens (my dad did the trapping) and take them home with me, so I did just that.
Scooter and Sapphire were timid and afraid of people. It took weeks for the kitties to warm up to us. They stayed in their cat house together. Scooter warmed up a lot quicker than Sapphire, she couldn’t resist playing.
She discovered that she loved to play…like 24/7!
She was also very cuddly and sweet too!
Though Sapphire loved being pet, he was terrified each time a hand came near him. Once the hand touched him he realized it made him happy.
He had a reserved but silly personality.
We got them both spayed and neutered but Scooter was bad and ripped her stitches…twice! She kept breaking out of her cone. Naughty kitty!
We had Scooter and Sapphire for a few months before they were socialized. Putting Sapphire and Scooter up for adoption hit me hard. They were my babies. I spent every single day with them. I watched them grow and become outgoing and happy. One day I saw a friend’s status that he was looking for two kittens. It was fate! I messaged him with pictures and videos of Sapphire and Scooter. He spoke with his family and they ultimately decided to take them. My boyfriend and I drove them to him in Pennsylvania after a few weeks due to Scooter needing time to heal from being spayed.
After we dropped Sapphire and Scooter off I broke down crying. I think I cried the whole way home. I continued to cry for the next few days. This adoption hit me hard. I think this was also difficult for me because I knew how terrified Sapphire and Scooter would be. I knew that they thought I was their mom. I couldn’t help but think they thought I gave them up and that I didn’t love them. These thoughts wouldn’t leave my head. Scooter and Sapphire took a few weeks to adjust to their new home. I get happy updates via pictures and videos from their adopter. I still miss them a lot but they seem happy in their furever home!
As for their mom, Ginger- we TNR’d her ( trap-neuter-release). It has been 3 years and she still gets fed in my dad’s backyard everyday and she is no longer feral! My family (especially my sister) are able to pet her now.